- Paperback: 339 pages
- Publisher: Berean Beacon Press (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977422909
- ISBN-13: 978-0977422906
- Package Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,029,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Catholicism: East of Eden Insights into Catholicism for the 21st Century Paperback – 2005
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Worldwide interest in all things Catholic mixes with consternation over recent disclosures from within the Catholic Church. Amid doctrinal and moral confusion, most issues remain unanalyzed and unexplained, leaving both Catholics and non-Catholics wondering where the Roman Catholic Church really stands. This book leaves no doubt about the truthful answer. Author Richard Bennett spent forty-eight years in Catholicism and twenty-two as a priest. Well qualified to explain the official Catholic position on Biblical issues and to discuss how that teaching is lived out in daily life, he addresses the 21st century issues of Catholicism with candor, speaking to both mind and heart. Each topic is carefully documented.
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In "Catholicism: East of Eden" Bennett compares Roman Catholicism with Sacred Scripture. Many of the doctrines of the Catholic church either can't be found in the Bible or are contrary to God's Word. Most importantly, Catholicism teaches that justification is merited through its clergy-administered sacraments and by obedience to the Ten Commandments and church law while the Bible teaches salvation is by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ alone, not by any works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Bennett traces the history of the rise of the papacy and the development of some of Rome's most outrageously unbiblical doctrines. It's evident from the start of this book that Mr. Bennett is not a professionally trained writer. The material is sometimes redundant and is not always presented in the most efficient manner but there is no doubt that the author loves the Lord and loves the lost souls trapped in Catholicism. Minor criticisms aside, I'm very grateful for this book and for Mr. Bennett and his ministry to Catholics (bereanbeacon.org). As more and more Evangelical leaders embrace the church of Rome there are fewer and fewer men like Mr. Bennett who are willing to take a bold stand against error and compromise.
Full of documented historical facts that refute much of the Catholic apologetics against the true Faith, as practiced by not only the Reformers (who only rediscovered and recovered the Faith) but by other Christians of history, who never bowed their knee to Rome, some of whom survived the 600 year slaughter and persecution of the Roman Catholic Church.
You can also find Richard Bennett on YouTube.
All in all, a much needed answer to much of the Roman Catholic errors so rife lately.
N. P. I., Director of Religious Education